A contemporary visitor centre, in 150 acres of historical landscape, has been constructed to blend seamlessly with its surroundings, supported by the specification of JB Western Red Cedar Shingles from Marley Eternit on its roof and part of its facade.
Wynyard Hall is a Grade II listed building located on the outskirts of Durham, which holds a hotel, conference facility, and luxury wedding venue. As part of the wider Wynyard Walled Gardens project, the site’s owner was keen to construct the Wynyard Hall Visitor Centre within the old walled garden. However, the bespoke brief meant work needed to blend contemporary tones with overarching Victorian themes.
The JB Western Red Cedar Shingles, which are Certi-grade accredited as ‘Blue Label’ by the CSSB (Cedar Shingle and Shake Bureau) were specified for the entire roof and certain sections of the walls of the visitor centre as they guarantee the highest quality shingles and are PEFC accredited.
In addition to the shingles, the project contractors also specified ShingleFix Staple System, which uses specially designed stainless steel staples to fix the shingles instead of using the traditional nail, significantly reducing the installation time of the project – up to 50% for larger projects.
JB Red roofing battens were also selected for the project as they offer guaranteed strength, compliant with BS 5534:2014 and, therefore do not require any further grading on site. JB Red battens are characterised by their red finish and ‘BS 5534’ stamp, confirming they have been stringently tested to ensure they meet all the strength requirements of the new British Standard, using production processes independently certified by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
Mike Flounders, Contracts Manager at Barclay Roofing Ltd, explains why specifying multiple products from Marley Eternit helped streamline the project. He comments: “Working on projects such as this can often see us need to work alongside architects, specifiers, builders, and even other sub-contractors. This means that when products are specified, the supply chain can become very complex, with the chance of error and time delays also increasing. Using products from a single source removes this complexity and risk of error, giving us maximum control of our supply chain, and the quality of the products we choose.”
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